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Meet the team

  • Leadership team

    • Meherzin Das Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist

      I am passionate about working with people and helping them come to terms with their condition so that they can lead meaningful lives in an empowered manner. In the course of my work with preventable pain I have led the Dorset pain team in winning the Shine 2011 Award for Innovation in HealthCare from The Health Foundation. My vision for the Pain Chain is attracting national interest and will hopefully be a key feature of the Dorset Community Pain Service

    • Mark Smith Service Manager

  • Medical Team

  • Central Admin Office

  • East team

    • Abi Lancaster Physiotherapist
    • Alison Wickham Pain Nurse and Team Leader

      I have been working in the field of pain management for over 10 years, initially with the pain consultants in Poole Hospital Chronic Pain Service and then transferring to the Community Pain Service in 2014. I have been nursing for over 25 years and feel passionate about helping people to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. I feel privileged to be team lead for the East team.

    • Matt Wardley Counselling Psychologist
    • Naomi Gibson Physiotherapist
    • Philippa Hillier Specialist Pain Nurse
    • Yukiko Ishida Opiate Nurse

    • Nicola Bryan Occupational Therapist

      My name is Nicola. I qualified as an OT in 1999 and have since gained experience in acute settings. This role is an exciting change of direction for me and I am enjoying working within an individual and group setting to help people lead more meaning lives despite their ongoing pain difficulties.

    • Wendy Greene Occupational Therapist

      My name is Wendy Greene and I work for the The Dorset Community Pain Service on a part-time basis. I have been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years now – most of which has been in acute Hospitals.  I have a passion for empowering people to live meaningful and enriching lives and to be involved with this in a pain management context is something that I am truly excited about.

    • Coral Higgs Occupational Therapist

      I joined the Dorset Pain Management Service in early 2019. I have worked as an occupational therapist for 7 years across acute hospitals and in the community, gaining a lot of experience in acute and long term conditions. I've always had a passion for helping people to get the most out of life. I love my role as a pain clinician and occupational therapist as it allows me to get to know people better, uncover their values and collaboratively work towards their goals so they can achieve a better quality of life.

    • Judith Bradfield Therapy Assistant

      I am very fortunate to be working as a therapy assistant with such a fabulous team. The NHS have provided me with some wonderful opportunities to work throughout my life with people in a variety of ways. I have worked as a SRN and Midwife for many years, before leaving to work as a Health Coach. I am interested in relaxation, and worked with women to achieve deep relaxation during their pregnancy and births. Working within this service allows me to support clinicians in a variety of ways, enabling people with pain to acquire new skills, confidence and knowledge to live the best lives possible.

    • Sally Searle Therapy Assistant
    • Sarah Sturman Physiotherapist

      I have worked with the pain service for more than 10 years, and have seen my role develop in that time. The scientific developments in our understanding of pain, my own personal experiences, and the learning taken from working with many people living with pain has lead me to practice pain management from a very holistic perspective.  Outside of work I enjoy trying new experiences, as much as work and family life allow, such as tennis, walks in the countryside, and furniture upcycling.

    • Stewart Maybery Physiotherapist

      I was a mature student when I trained for my degree and spent time working at Salisbury and Poole hospitals before landing my dream job here at the Dorset Pain Management Service! I have plenty of life experience under my belt before becoming a Physio, I have served in the Royal Navy, run my own business, worked for 8 years in Mental Health services and several years in community rehabilitation before I undertook my training. I am passionate about providing an effective service for people living with persistent pain and look forward to working with many of you to that end.

    • Laura Lake Clinical Psychologist

    • Tracey Dickens Community Mental Health Nurse

      I have worked as a nurse for over 30 years, initially in General nursing though the majority of my career has specialised in working with adults experiencing mental health problems. For the last two years I have been privileged to work with the Dorset Community Pain Service team helping people to improve their self-management skills and work towards achieving personal goals.

    • Caroline Rice-Varian Psychological Therapist

      My name is Caroline and I have been working in the NHS since 1991.  I have worked for DCPS since September 2017 and my role here is as a Psychological Therapist.  I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and I am trained in EMDR and Mindfulness (MBSR).  I am passionate about helping people who are suffering with persistent pain to have a greater sense of wellbeing and live a valued and meaningful life in line with their values.  I work with people on a one to one basis and also with people who are participants in the pain management programmes.  I have a special interest in helping people with Fibromyalgia.  I work as one of the lead facilitators on the Fibromyalgia Pain Management Programmes which we run as part of DPMS.   

    • Deborah Fish Psychotherapist

      As anxiety and distress can intensify the pain experience, my role as a Psychotherapist within the Dorset Pain Management Service could be to help people living with pain better understand what is contributing to their symptoms, lighten their load emotionally, and strengthen their coping strategies and skills.  As appropriate, therapy could include the use of EMDR for trauma-focused work, Interpersonal Therapy or an integrative approach, with CBT.  Nutrition and mental health is also an area of interest.  

    • Francesca Harber Psychology Assistant

    • Jayne Mitchell PA to Consultant/Medical Secretary

      I feel very honoured to be working with the Dorset Community Pain Service Team, providing admin support to the Clinical Lead and Pain Consultant.  It is such a pleasure working with such a dynamic and passionate Multi-Disciplinary Team and the patient contact both by phone and face to face makes my role all the more satisfying.

    • Gary Ketchley Senior Administrator & Communications Lead

      I joined the Dorset Pain Management Service in August 2013. I have always enjoyed helping people and trying to help make a difference. I enjoy the daily challenges and being a part of a friendly, supportive and caring team.

    • Shamima Uddin Administration Assistant

      I am a relatively new member to the administration team at Dorset Pain Management Service.  I have enjoyed being part of a team that are so passionate about helping people improve their quality of life, and I am excited to continue my role within the service. 

    • Karen Dudley Administration Assistant

  • NorWest Team

    • Bryony Routledge Assistant Psychologist

    • Helen Edgar Physiotherapist
    • Helen Pickard Physiotherapist and Team Leader

      I've been working to help people with chronic pain management since 2001, initially as part of the Chronic Pain Management Service at Dorset County Hospital and have worked for the community service since its original launch in 2013. I'm a physiotherapist by profession and bring a wealth of experience to my role in order to help people understand more about the complexity of persistent pain, help them improve their relationship with their body and movement, improve their quality of life, develop coping strategies and work towards their goals.

    • Helen Albon Senior Occupational Therapist

      I have been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years. I have worked mainly in community mental health and with people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and, for the last 6 years, I have been working within the Dorset Pain Management Service . I am part of a multi-disciplinary team based in Littlemoor, Weymouth and work both individually with people and in groups. I really enjoy working alongside people to help them identify their values and strengths and move towards their goals, despite living with pain.

    • Sammy Harbut Occupational Therapist

      Hello my name is Sammy, and I am the Occupational Therapist working in the North of the County. I originally qualified as Social Worker, and spent 17 years working in a specialist field as a Probation Officer. I retrained as an Occupational Therapist, and since 2011 have been involved in supporting people with long term health conditions.

      Having developed a chronic health condition myself, I have a genuine understanding of how it feels to have one’s life interrupted by illness, and having to manage it on a daily basis. I am a firm believer in self-management, and enjoy supporting people discover this in the context of their own lives.

      I am delighted to be working in this service, and am passionate about empowering everyone to have purpose and meaning in their life, achieving the things that matter to them, and the best possible quality of life possible, irrespective of any health condition.  

    • Ali Scott Therapy Assistant
    • Caroline Taylor Therapy Assistant

    • Ross Godfree Clinical Psychologist

      I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2013 and joined the pain service two years ago. I work across the West and North of the county helping people to adjust to living with persistent and finding ways to improve the quality of people’s lives. Helping people regain a sense of identity and purpose is extremely rewarding and I look forward to continuing to provide psychological interventions to people with persistent pain.

    • Deborah Comerford Community Mental Health Nurse

    • Alison Purnell Mindfulness Counsellor

      I’ve been sharing my passion and experience as a Mindfulness Practitioner within the Dorset Pain Management Service since 2013. Learning much from people living with pain as we go, I’ve seen how a Compassionate Mindfulness approach can transform our relationship to pain and associated suffering. 

      Most people can benefit from this approach- which is not just about meditation, but also about how we can live with more awareness, kindness and choice in our everyday lives with pain.

      I am trained to deliver the Breathworks Mindfulness courses, as well as the Mindful Self-Compassion course, and can work with you individually, or in a group. I have worked with patients across all localities, and with various pain conditions to build these resources and grow their resilience.

      I’m also a registered Occupational Therapist (mental health), and I’m listed on the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers Register, as meeting the national standards of training and good practice for Mindfulness Teachers.

    • Yvonne Barnicoat Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Bob Rea Opiate Nurse

      I have been a qualified Nurse since 1991 and worked in a variety of settings in hospitals and community settings. I love working in pain management as it allows me to use my knowledge and skills to help patients to develop new and existing pathways in managing their pain and to help improve their functioning. My speciality is helping people understand more about how their medications help and/or hinder their progress and how these medications actually work in the body and brain. I look to work alongside patients in looking to make changes in their lifestyle.

    • Juliet Reynolds Administration Assistant

      I have been working for the NHS for 15 years. I joined the Dorset Pain Service 5 years ago as an admin assistant to the clinical staff in the West Team.  It is a position that I thoroughly enjoy and value the contact that I have with patients, this is on the telephone or in person.  Being part of a happy and helpful team that can genuinely help people to improve their quality of life is extremely rewarding.

    • Ali Koerner Administration Assistant